Graves of Union soldiers rededicated in Plano cemeteries

Plano-area residents gathered to honor and remember the Civil War soldiers buried in the Little Rock Township Cemetery on Saturday, June 1, as the the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War hosted a ceremony to rededicate the graves of several Union soldiers buried in the cemetery.

In a separate ceremony, the Sons also rededicated the graves of Union soldiers buried in the Griswold Springs Cemetery, also in Plano.

A total of eight headstones were placed on unmarked or poorly marked graves in the two cemeteries. The graves bear the remains of Henry Lehman, Alexander Raymo, Menzo Bennett, James Junter, Samuel Schutt, Francis Willis, Hiram Woodward and Archibald Northcutt.

"Let us remember these comrades here at rest, under the blue skies of heaven, guarded by the silent stars that in life watched over them when they bivouacked on a battlefield, or laid down footsore after a long march," Sons member Steven Westlake said, reading from a 1900s service used by the Grand Army of the Republic to dedicate the gravestone of a Civil War veteran.

During the ceremony, JROTC cadets from Joliet Central High School honored the graves, each marked with an American flag, by laying a rose at the base of the marker, then saluting each headstone.

The service was closed with a rifle salute from members of Plano's American Legion Leon Burson Post.

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